Friday, July 22, 2016

All aboard the Bowness Park mini train

CHUGGA chugga chugga CHUGGA chugga chugga CHOO CHOOOOOOO!

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of the Bowness Park mini train returning to the park .You’re invited down for free train rides on Thursday, July 28 to help welcome back this popular attraction.

In 2013, the most recent Bowness mini train was damaged by the flood. A significant amount of work was required to fix the train and we’ve taken the time to make it better than ever. New parts were either sourced or built; a new diesel engine was installed, the body was sandblasted and painted. The new paint job is modelled after Canadian Pacific Railway’s luxury transcontinental passenger train, The Canadian, which was introduced in 1955.

Bowness Park is one of Calgary’s oldest parks, dating back to 1912. The first miniature train came to the park in the early 1950s and began offering rides to park visitors. Although the original mini train was moved to Vancouver Island in the 60s, other styles of mini trains continued providing train rides in the park. The Bowness mini train has always been a constant and highly valued activity of the park. 

So remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, July 28 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free train rides will be offered to adults and kids alike! Free boat rentals will also being offered that day. Regular fares and hours of operations for mini train and boat rentals resume July 29. 

For more information on the mini-train visit the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre and for more information on Bowness Park and its redevelopment visit us at

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